on June 21, 2022
Published on April 15, 2022 Updated on April 15, 2022

Guest Lecture: Sonja Lakić

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Sonja Lakic picture

On the nature of heteropolis: revisiting the post-Yugoslav urban bricolage

Sonja Lakić, architect, urban designer and planner, is currently Marie Skłodowska-Curie / EUTOPIA-SIF post doctoral fellow at CY Cergy Paris Université, invited by laboratory PLACES.

Understanding the cities of the former Yugoslavia would inevitably start by evoking the post-socialist label and involve rather conventional methods, aiming to reach a consensus regarding the post-1990s urban transformation. What happens when the process of dismantling the socialist legacy is portrayed through the eyes of privatised apartments? What can one learn from rearrangement of furniture and/or personal taste and aspirations adopted as "a significant landscape management canon" (Czepczyński, 2008)? This lecture introduces the post-Yugoslav complexity and portrays the everydayness of cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro through the lenses of "heteropolitanization" (Gentile et al., 2012).

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This testimonial on the contemporary practice of everyday life alters between different scales and introduces a wide variety of rather controversial practices of appropriation and production of space. Bringing together different disciplines, such as architecture, urban anthropology, urban sociology and cultural geography, the lecture visits the lives of places and those that (re)shape, (re)make, contest and appropriate them on daily basis. This is a call for more of an understanding of human lives, powered by biographical micro-narratives and unconventional ethnography conducted behind the closed doors of personal homes, accidental ethnography and urban flâneur experience, as well as diverse media.

Gentile, Michael et al. (2012) “Heteropolitanization: Social and spatial change in Central and East European Cities”. Cities 29, 291-299.
Czepczyński, Mariusz (2008) Cultural Landscapes of Post-Socialist Cities. Representation of Powers and Needs. Hampshire: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.

Date: 21 June 2022 from 12:30 to 14:00

The hybrid guest elcture is organised in person at the Auditorium of MIR in Neuville-sur-Oise and remotely on Zoom.

To attend the remote guest lecture, please connect to Zoom: https://cyu-fr.zoom.us/j/97543000310

ID meeting: 975 4300 0310

The video will be online on the CY AS YouTube channel